Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often associated with women. However, there are many valid applications for hormone replacement therapy for men as well. Potomac Rejuvenation Center provides bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men in Washington DC. We offer a wide variety of services, not the least of which is a clinic with a physical location, as opposed to many others which are online only. If you have questions regarding hormone replacement for men, read on, then schedule a consultationwith PRC in Washington DC.
Do Men Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Few men want to hear that they hit their peak of testosterone around the age of 17. Following this peak, the levels of testosterone plateau until a man reaches thirty or so, at which point the levels of testosterone begin to decline about one percent a year as the man ages. Men with a condition known as hypogonadism (caused by a problem in the testes or the pituitary gland) have been treated with testosterone supplements for decades. A growing number of men are asking about testosterone supplements to reverse some of the issues associated with the decline of testosterone.
Some estimate the number of testosterone prescriptions has tripled in recent years, with sales at about $400 million per year. Testosterone can be self-administered with intramuscular injections, our custom compounded cream or subcutaneous injections. Testosterone plays an important role in a man’s libido, and low testosterone has been linked to cardiovascular risks and diabetes.
What is Andropause?
Andropause is male menopause. It differs from female menopause by virtue of the fact that in men there is usually a gradual decline of testosterone, while in women, female hormones drop suddenly during menopause. While most men under the age of 40 will rarely notice the gradual drop in testosterone, some men will notice the symptoms, as early as 30, or even younger. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Height loss;
- Loss of muscle bulk;
- Loss of muscle strength;
- Night sweats;
- Fewer spontaneous erections;
- Swollen breasts;
- Poor concentration;
- Withdrawing from life;
- Increased body fat;
- Sleep problems;
- Shrunken testes, and
- Memory loss.
Approximately 30 percent of men in their 40’s will experience symptoms of andropause caused by low testosterone levels. A man who is experiencing andropause could also be at risk of other serious health conditions, therefore the first thing a man who believes he is suffering from low testosterone should do is to see his physician for a full checkup.
Treatment Options for Men Regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy is the primary treatment for low levels of testosterone, however there is some controversy regarding the treatment. Men with active prostate cancer or heart disease will need special consideration before testosterone replacement therapy, however for those without these two health issues, testosterone replacement therapy can make a large difference in the quality of life. Testosterone replacement therapy can help men deficient in testosterone reduce their risks of heart disease and diabetes.
Low levels of testosterone may also be associated with metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol which boost a man’s risk of heart disease, stroke and Type II diabetes. The goal of testosterone treatment is to keep the levels within the normal range. Testosterone supplements are used daily, with most men reporting an increase in energy and a lessening of other symptoms within a couple of weeks.
How Diet and Exercise Can Help
Whether you decide testosterone therapy is for you or not, it is important to know there are many ways you can improve the symptoms associated with low testosterone through diet and exercise. Resistance training with weights can build muscle mass, increase bone strength, and keep off fat, while walking can keep the cardiovascular system in shape. Fatigue may be related to solvable sleep problems or a lack of nutrients in your diet.
Getting the Help You Need From Potomac Rejuvenation Center
In short, healthy testosterone levels are essential to a man’s well-being. To find out about how hormone replacement therapy from Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC can help you reverse those symptoms, schedule a complimentary consultation today.